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Linguistics to become its own department

The linguistics program at UNT will now be housed in its own department of the College of Information, starting Aug. 22.

Initially the program was part of the Department of Linguistics and Technical Communication within the College of Arts and Sciences, but the program was moved independently to the College of Information in fall 2014.

With the department, students will be able to obtain the following degrees: bachelor’s and master’s in linguistics; master’s in English as a second language; and a graduate academic certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Cash awards for literary conference announced

The annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference awarded $18,000 in various writing competitions during the conference, which was held Friday through Sunday.

The top awards gave $3,000 each to the winners in personal essay, reported narrative and book manuscript competition, $2,000 to each second-place winner and $1,000 to third-place winners.

In the book manuscript competition, David Collins of Fulton, Missouri, won first place for his manuscript “Accidental Texas Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and their Fight for Marriage Equality in the Lone Star State.”

Second place went to Sallie Moffitt of Ovilla for “The Disobedient One” and third place went to Kerri Fisher of Waco for “Black, White, Other: Stories of Race, Wonder and Self-Integration.”

For reported narrative, first place went to Frank Christlieb of Arlington for “Bob Workman, A Family Shattered,” while second place went to Mary Pfieffer of Plano for “Searching for Sarah Powell” and third place went to Leeanne Hay of Plano for “The Children Left Behind.”

For personal essay, Leta Cunningham of Denton won first place for “My Mother’s Bread,” while second place went to Casey Manuel of Arlington for “Jay Money” and third place went to Seema Yasmin of Dallas for “Tornado.”